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Industry Semiconductors
Founded 2004
Headquarters San Jose, California, USA
Key people

Robert Blake (CEO), John Lofton Holt (Chairman), Virantha Ekanayake (CTO), Chris Pelosi (VP HW Engineering), Kamal Choudhary (Sr. VP SW Engineering), Raymond Nijssen (VP System Engineering), Randy Jurrat (VP of Operations), Steve Mensor (VP Marketing),

Steve Dodsworth (VP Sales),
Products FPGA, eFPGA IP
Revenue >$100M/year
Number of employees

Achronix Semiconductor is an American fabless semiconductor company based in Santa Clara, California with an additional R&D facility in Bangalore, India, and an additional sales office in Shenzhen, China. Achronix is a diversified fabless semiconductor company that sells high-end FPGA products, embedded FPGA (eFPGA) products, system-level products and supporting design tools. Achronix was founded in 2004 in Ithaca, New York based on technology licensed from Cornell University. The company has been a consistent technology innovator in the FPGA market since moving its headquarters to Silicon Valley in 2006.[citation needed] Achronix has been prominently featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and hundreds of global technology publications.[citation needed]

Achronix was originally self-funded by several million dollars of founder’s capital. Since 2006, Achronix has been funded by a combination of venture capital funding, private equity funding and debt from traditional lenders. Since Achronix is a private company, the total amount of capital raised to date has not been disclosed, but the total amount of capital raised is thought to be in the $180M-$200M range. Achronix achieved profitability in 2016 and reportedly has already achieved sales of over $100M YTD in 2017, making it one of the highest growth semiconductor companies globally.[1]


Speedcore eFPGA IP[edit]

In 2012, Achronix began investing in eFPGA technology to sell as an IP core to System-on-Chip (SOC) and Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) customers. This investment was designed to allow Achronix to expand its already-successful FPGA chip business into adjacent markets. In 2016, Achronix formally expanded its FPGA product offering with the announcement that it had begun shipping Speedcore eFPGA technology (eFPGA) to customers.[2] The first Speedcore customers received cores that were built on 16 nm technology from TSMC.

Speedster FPGAs[edit]

Achronix introduced its first FPGA product family called Speedster in 2008. Speedster was a high-performance FPGA product that claimed clock speeds that exceeded 1.5Ghz, while providing high-end hardened interfaces with 10Gbps performance. At that time, 10Gbps performance was considered state-of-the-art. The original Speedster product was built on 65 nm technology with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC), which was the most advanced semiconductor technology available at the time. As sales of Speedster FPGAs grew, Achronix continued to invest in R&D, building prototype FPGAs in TSMC 28 nm and other advanced process technologies. In November 2010, Achronix closed a historic deal with Intel Corporation to be the first customer of Intel Custom Foundry (ICF), leveraging Intel’s 22 nm manufacturing process. At the time, the 22 nm manufacturing process was the most advanced in the world and offered Achronix significant advantages. In 2012, Achronix rolled out its second production FPGA product called Speedster22i. The Speedster22i devices were the first high-end FPGAs that offered hardened IP for high performance wireline applications.[citation needed]

Notable Events[edit]

UBM Americas 2017 ACE Company of the Year Award[edit]

In December of 2017, Achronix was awarded the UBM Americas 2017 ACE Awards for Company of the Year. This award is granted to the company that exhibits the highest degree of professionalism, staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence, and profitable growth, making it a true leader in the electronics sector.[3]


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  2. ^ Speedcore eFPGA
  3. ^ "Achronix Wins 2017 Company of the Year Award – Achronix Semiconductor Corp". Achronix Semiconductor Corp. 2017-12-13. Retrieved 2018-01-03.

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